Zigzag Through Harlem
Cultural and architectural landmarks, people and events of Harlem's formative era.
- 2 hr2 hours
- 375 US dollars$375
- Various meeting sites TBA
“There is so much to see in Harlem!” Columbia Community Scholar Eric K. Washington borrows Langston Hughes’ apt quote to kick off a decidedly quirky overview walking tour between Harlem’s visceral and commercial arteries–from 135th- to 125th Streets. This tour takes cues from Eric’s upcoming biography of James H. Williams (1878-1948), once Chief of Grand Central Terminal’s “Red Caps” and influential force of the Harlem Renaissance. Waypoints reflecting Harlem as a varying seat of Victorian gentility, African-American migration, Jazz-age jive and current gentrification may include such sites and themes as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; WPA-era art projects; the exuberant, and often gender-bending performance scene; the Harlem YMCA; Strivers’ Row; New Amsterdam Musical Association; Astor Row, Apollo Theatre and much more.